Micropapillary-predominant adenocarcinoma of the lung

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Bruno Di Muzio et al.

Micropapillary-predominant adenocarcinoma of the lung is a histological subtype of invasive non-mucinous invasive adenocarcinoma of the lung.


In 2011, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and European Respiratory Society (ERS) 1 introduced a new classification and terminology for adenocarcinoma of the lung, which is now divided into 'preinvasive', 'minimally invasive', and 'invasive'. 

The term bronchoalveolar carcinoma (BAC) has been retired, and it is recommended that all invasive adenocarcinomas be classified in terms of the "predominant" comprising histology 1. Both mucinous and non-mucinous adenocarcinomas typically consist of a mixture of histologic patterns, but reporting of the predominant subtype (lepidic, acinar, papillary, micropapillary, or solid growth) is specifically recommended for non-mucinous lesions, with all mucinous tumors placed in a separate category.


Article information

rID: 64960
System: Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Micropapillary predominant adenocarcinoma of the lung

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